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Three Smallmouth Bass Today

Four Pound Smallmouth Bass

Well after cleaning the gutters out, working out for half an hour then going rollerblading for 3 miles, I still had had enough energy left to go fishing today.


I looked at weather.com and they were predicting a west wind and nothing but sunshine for the whole day. I just couldn’t pass this up, there aren’t too many days like this left on Lake St. Clair.

So I packed up my fishing gear in the boat and headed out, I really didn’t no what to expect since fishing has been pretty bad for me the last few times I went out in September and October, nothing but largemouth bass. I got on the lake about 8am, it was like glass, nothing but sunshine and clear skies. I thought I’d first try fishing in deeper water (10-15 feet) with crankbaits. Well after an hour of casting in deeper water, the fish didn’t seem to be there. After that I tried trolling to cover more ground in deeper water, still nothing.

So I thought I’d head down to the Farms pier, try some jigging and a few spinnerbaits. Well that didn’t seem to work either, so I made my way down to the Delphine channel. Thinking I might as well try trolling my deep crankbaits for some muskie, maybe I’ll pick on up. Well after an hour, still nothing.

Well after trying out many of my crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits. I thought why don’t I try something totally different, try some of my crankbaits that have really bright colors. For the most part I’ve been using real subtle colors that mimic minnows. So I changed locations near the Delphine channel area and went for 6-8 feet of water.

Checkout the grith on her

Not thinking I’m going to catch anything, I started up the motor to do some trolling and setup my first rod with a bright colored Cotton Cordell crankbait. Within seconds bam! My drag was just blazing out and my rod tip was pinned to the water. I stopped the motor and began reeling the fish in, not knowing what it was I kept my rod tip down so the fish doesn’t surface and I end up losing it. Just by the feel of the heavy weight at the end of my line I knew it was a large fish.

Even though I tried to keep my rod tip down, the fish still surfaced, I got a look of it and I knew it was a huge smallmouth bass. Within a minute or two I had it right next to the boat, I reached for the net and without any complications I scooped her up. Just couldn’t wait to get a picture of this beast, it weighed in at 4 pounds, 2 ounces on my Berkley digital scale. This is the third four pound smallmouth bass I caught this year, man do they put up an amazing fight. At first I thought it was a Muskie after I saw the fish hit the lure and take out my drag, could not believe how powerful the smallmouth bass was. Usually only Muskie do that to my rod and reel!

Another beauty!

So after that big catch, I knew I had to stay in the vicinity of where I caught her.


So I setup my rods again trolling with a bright colored Cotton Cordell and a bright colored crayfish rebel crankbait. Well within a few minutes I get a hit on the crayfish rebel crankbait, the second fish turned out to be another smallmouth bass. It wasn’t as big as the four pounder, but it still gave up a decent fight and had some size. During this time I did see a school of minnows swim buy. Right away I knew this was a dynamite spot, the bass are feeding on the minnows. Well I decided setup my Minn Kota trolling motor and do some casting. After an hour I ended up catching another smallmoth bass, making this the final catch of the day.

For the next hour or I tried trolling that spot again and also made my way in front of the Grosse Pointe Shores pier. I didn’t get anything else! Even though I caught only three fish, I still thought it was a successful day of fishing. The four pound smallmouth bass is what really made my day. You catch only one of those on Lake St. Clair and you’ll be happy for a whole week. They put up one hell of a fight! I released all my smallmouth, hopefully that four pound can grow into a five pound!